At one point in the film, Joy tries to keep Sadness away from Riley. Although she felt other emotions, the inability to feel sadness, coupled with her mother’s request for Riley to stay happy, ultimately lead to a cold and numb existence. This state only generated poor judgment and unhealthy choices. It wasn’t until she felt sadness that Riley was able to see more clearly and reach out for support. Acknowledging and understanding emotions is much healthier, productive, and adaptive than ignoring their importance.
I'm with Anger here, Broccoli on pizza is a sin against humanity. Shame on you, San Francisco. Excuse me while I go drown my sorrows in some delicious cheese and pepperoni.
Pixar knew what it was doing when it used 5 scientifically validated universal emotions, stemming from Dr. Paul Eckman’s work (the 6th universal emotion is surprise). Through Eckman’s research, he showed that certain emotions are felt and expressed through universal facial expressions across cultures around the world. And so, the movie reminds us of our intrinsic humanity, how similar we all actually are despite our differences.
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Some of the film's most poignant moments came from the mouth of Riley rather than the voices inside her head. Riley explaining the reasons she isn't happy in San Francisco really hit home for anyone who moved as a kid, misses their old friends, or just straight up longs for their childhood. I feel you, Riley, because I am you.
Inside Out revolves around the life of an 11-year old girl named Riley, who is moving across the country with her family. At such an impressionable age, a move is a huge transition, and she experiences an outpour of emotions as she leaves her home, friends, and hockey league behind. Enter the main characters, Riley’s feelings: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust, who provide a glimpse into the workings of Riley’s mind as she navigates this life-changing experience.
This is a very powerful idea. What we really “need” to remember is that our memories are a part of our personal narrative, and that in many ways, we construct the narrative we believe. Because we create the narrative, we can change our story at any time. We can’t delete certain paragraphs that contain with negative facts and daunting realities. We can’t cut out chapters that we would rather not have had—they will always be there, and that’s okay. Research suggests that the actual experiences we have are less impactful than the story we tell ourselves about them.
Beyond the intricate science of it all, what Inside Out did do so well was to provide the empowering message that we should learn how to understand, connect to, and accept our feelings and memories in a way that is conducive to thriving.
Good lord, Bing Bong. If you didn't cry when Riley's imaginary friend accepted his fate as a forgotten remnant of her past and sacrificed himself for her benefit, then I firmly believe you to simply be an android masquerading as a human because humans feel, damn it! Seriously, Bing Bong's death was so sad that I started to write an email to the film's writers to ask why they had to tear my heart out like that, but my never ending stream of tears destroyed my computer.
It's OK, though, because everyone else will be in the exact same boat, even long after the movie is over. Because I'm a glutton for punishment, here are eight quotes from Inside Out that are sure to turn on your waterworks and make you feel like you're losing Bing Bong all over again. Seriously: Inside Out might just be the saddest Pixar movie yet, which is saying a lot considering this is the studio that gave us that ridiculous opening montage in Up. If you're ready (i.e. you have a box of tissues at hand), read on.
Probably the most remarkable part of the movie is its existence as a film that focuses on emotions. As long as more than a modicum of scientific integrity exists, what’s important is that an illustration of the concept of emotion can now impact the dialogue we have with our children.
In fact, Rumi, the Sufi poet, waxed poetic in “The Guest House” a long time ago about how we should treat every emotion as a visitor, without looking to get rid of any of them, and instead work to understand their message and purpose.
From the moment it started, I couldn’t contain my excitement. The nerd in me was blown away by the extraordinary way in which many of the movie’s messages “measured up” to reality from a neuro-scientific perspective. For example, the way a day full of short-term/working memories is then consolidated during sleep.
Just about everything out of Sadness's mouth is, well, sad, but I really can't help but feel for her here. She's just trying to be included and play a role in Riley's life like the other emotions by touching a memory, but none of them understand her and are constantly shutting her out. Eventually they call come to realize how critical Sadness is, but at this early point in the movie she's a straight-up tear factory.
OK, this quote, said when Joy introduces herself near the beginning of the film wasn't a sad scene per se, but the idea that it puts forth, that nothing lasts forever, hits me right in the feels and is a recurring theme throughout the movie. Why can't things just stay the same?!
Damn it, Sadness. You take a happy memory and just crap all over it! OK, it's not Sadness's fault that basically all of Riley's memories were full of darkness, that's just the way life is sometimes. All nostalgic happy memories are tinged with a bittersweet element, and this quote makes me think of my lost youth. That might sound a little dramatic, but come on, have you seen this movie?